It’s getting close to Halloween and it’s time for the Top-Five Countdown, tonight’s genre will be Mystery and Suspense. Let’s see what made the Top Five:
Starting the Countdown at Number Five is RKO Radio Productions’, Citizen Kane. When a reporter is assigned to decipher newspaper magnate Charles Foster Kane’s (Orson Welles) dying words, his investigation gradually reveals the fascinating portrait of a complex man who rose from obscurity to staggering heights. Though Kane’s friend and colleague Jedediah Leland (Joseph Cotten), and his mistress, Susan Alexander (Dorothy Comingore), shed fragments of light on Kane’s life, the reporter fears he may never penetrate the mystery of the elusive man’s final word, “Rosebud.” Citizen Kane went to be nominated for an Academy Awards, it won the Award for Best Writing (Original Screenplay)
Shadow of a Doubt
Coming in at Number Four is the Psychological Thriller “Shadow of a Doubt,” directed by Alfred Hitchcock and written by Gordon McDonell, Charlie (Joseph Cotten) visits his relatives in Santa Rosa. He is a very charming man, but his niece slowly realizes that he is wanted for murder and he soon recognizes her suspicions. Although one of the suspected murderers is killed and the case is considered closed, she still has her suspicions. This film was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Story and was considered to be Hitchcock’s favorite of all the films he worked on.
Number Three is the Mystery, Horror Film, Get Out. A Photographer named Christopher (Daniel Kaluuya) and his girlfriend, Rose (Allison Williams), have reached the meet-the-parents milestone of dating, she invites him for a weekend getaway upstate with Missy and Dean. At first, Chris reads the family’s overly accommodating behavior as nervous attempts to deal with their daughter’s interracial relationship, but as the weekend progresses, a series of increasingly disturbing discoveries lead him to a truth that he never could have imagined. Get Out was written and directed by Jordan Peele, this film was nominated for four Academy Awards, but won for Best Original Screenplay.
The Maltese Falcon
Number Two in the Countdown is The Maltese Falcon, Directed and Produced by John Huston, also based on a novel written by Dashiell Hammett; Detective Sam Spade (Humphrey Bogart) gets more than he bargained for when he takes a case brought to him by a beautiful but secretive woman (Mary Astor). As soon as Miss Wonderly shows up, trouble follows as Sam’s partner is murdered and Sam is accosted by a man (Peter Lorre) demanding he locate a valuable statuette. Sam, entangled in a dangerous web of crime and intrigue, soon realizes he must find the one thing they all seem to want: the bejeweled Maltese falcon. Considered to be one of the greatest films of all time, it was nominated for three Academy Awards.
Finally, the Number one spot is taken by Us, a Suspenseful and Horror Film written and directed by Jordan Peele. Accompanied by her husband, son, and daughter, Adelaide Wilson returns to the beachfront home where she grew up as a child. Haunted by a traumatic experience from the past, Adelaide grows increasingly concerned that something bad is going to happen. Her worst fears soon become a reality when four masked strangers descend upon the house, forcing the Wilsons into a fight for survival. When the masks come off, the family is horrified to learn that each attacker takes the appearance of one of them. If you would like to read my review of the movie, click here.
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